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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.


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    I'm the first one on the block to have lights up and I'm dang proud of it.
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    Mainly LED lights.

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  1. Update, after an hour of fiddling with the thing, I figured out the problem. Even though the remote was WORKING, it was only sort of working, which was confusing. The light itself didn't have any issue, the battery in the remote was just dying, so it would suck enough juice to turn on, but not enough to do anything after that. This is not something I've ever experienced with any other remote when the batteries run low, but I will leave this thread up because I'm sure someone else will have the same issue in the future.
  2. I am hoping somebody can help me! I bought one of these yesterday, secondhand. It functioned perfectly last night and even this morning. Then it just stopped working! It's stuck on one color and makes a sound like a stuck gear when I try to shift colors or patterns, and will just shut off if I keep clicking the remote to change it. It switched once, but then went back to solid red and didn't change again. I know these things aren't the highest quality but it worked perfectly yesterday! Any guidance?
  3. Display is done

    Wow! You really stepped it up, it looks awesome. I especially love the warmth the multicolored lights bring in. It really makes the blues and whites pop.
  4. Does any one know the name of this song.

    If you're looking for the name to download it, you can just use listentoyoutube for now to get yourself a copy for now. Might be useful if you talk to some DJs for Christmas parties and ask them if they know the song and you can play it for them. Googling the lyrics doesn't bring it up. The voice sounds a little like Michael Buble to me, but I doubt that it is considering it would probably come up on google if he had sung it.
  5. LED Wire Frames

    I think they're gorgeous, but as someone else stated, old LEDs and newer ones are worlds apart in terms of vibrance and color quality. New LEDs pack a big punch, older ones were significantly dimmer and the colors were not as good. The evolution is visible in every color, but I see the biggest difference in my blues and greens especially. The 'old' greens I have are this hideous forest-green, the color of moss. The new ones are much more of a "kelly green" and so much brighter and prettier looking. The blues were very 'white light in a weakly-colored blue bulb', while the new ones give off a sucker-punch of blue. They're actually the most vibrant part of my display now.
  6. Purple C9 Warning/Recomendation

    Are these the ones? If so, they do look gorgeous. And I wouldn't get rid of them just yet.. Depending on your display, it might look even better with two shades of purple and then the white. I saw a display that mixed multiple shades of purples and blues and white (pure white and blue-white) and it looked amazing.
  7. help! computer crashed. lost everything

    What kind of crash was it? I'm assuming by your wording your computer still functions. If you're on a windows computer, system restore might be able to help. It may not get everything back, but it could potentially retrieve at least some of it.
  8. My whole display is static lights and airblowns, but this is the first year that I'll be really going all out as I've basically doubled my lights over the last year. Now, what I'm wondering is, is it safe (wattage-wise, for my lights themselves, and for my breakers) to connect LEDs to mini light strands? Or should I keep them entirely separate? I've connected a few strands of icicle mini-lights to my LED c9s last year without even thinking about it but now I'm wondering whether that can have any ill effects, especially if I have lots of things connected to one outlet, or LEDs on both sides of a string of mini lights? Is this going to mess with the wattage? What I would LIKE to do is run an extension cord down from my roof outlet, and connect mini-lights to it to brighten my front parking area. And at the END of that strand, I would like to start attaching (at least 10) strings of LEDs to wrap around the lilac trees about 20 feet from the front of my house. I THINK this is the best course of action, as the LEDs will still take only the power they need as they are on the end, right? If this is a bad idea, I will likely just scrap the idea of minis and use an extra-long extension cord and only do the LEDs on the trees. Is this bad? Should I not do that? I'm looking to keep my energy costs low (thus using almost all LEDs), am I going to be wasting energy this way, because the minis are sucking extra power through the strings of LEDs? Will I bust my LEDs by taking extra power through them to light the minis? Thanks for any advice!
  9. My 2015 Halloween Display!

    The lawnmower is my favorite! It reminds me of "Gingersnaps".
  10. Garage Sale Finds

    Great finds! The santa on the horse is very unique, you don't see an abundance of those. Or the gingerbread house.
  11. http://www.amazon.com/Command-Hanging-Outdoor-String-Lights/dp/B00IA98Q54 These maybe? Or another Command product. We also have vinyl siding and all the light hooks we have seem to slide out of vinyl siding if you breathe in their direction.
  12. Elves - Critique Time

    These look GREAT! If I had to offer any critique (since you asked), it would be that they might look even better with a bit of shading? I don't have any cutouts of my own so I'm sure others know better how that can alter their appearance outdoors at night, but a little shading might lend to giving them that 3D look the characters had in the original film. But either way, I think they turned out fantastic.
  13. Stripping color off of new baubles (bleach doesn't work!)

    Thanks TexasKate. No Hobby Lobby near me unfortunately. I tried TSP and it seemed to make it a LITTLE easier to scrub off, but still took a good amount of scrubbing with the scouring pad. I'll try some of your suggestions for the rest, thank you! The steps are very easy! You need Pledge floor wax (or other floor wax of the same consistency. You do NOT want cleaner, you need the wax) and glitter. Fine makes a nicer, more even coating inside, but you could also use larger glitter or even sprinkles or small beads. Squirt about a tablespoon worth of wax inside a large bauble, less for a small one. It's impossible to mess up as you're just going to put your finger over the opening and shake it around until it coats the whole inside of the ball and then let all the excess drip out. All you need is a thin coating inside, you don't want a puddle of it left. Then pour glitter inside the ball and shake, shake, shake with your finger over the hole again. You may need to add more glitter to get a really even coating inside. You'll be able to eyeball it easily after the first few. If you have extra, pour it back out and into the next ball. Then sit in a cool/room temp place to let them solidify completely and add back your tops. Do these one at a time so the wax doesn't harden while you're working.
  14. Light border around yard ideas ?

    Do a google search for "Christmas pathway lights". You could DIY some of those things I'm sure, but I've seen homes with the round peppermint-style candies, gifts, short candy canes, snowflakes, giant incandescent-style bulbs, and poinsettias and they all look great.